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A Husky anniversary: A yearlong party to celebrate the UW at 150

The University of Washington’s 150th anniversary celebration has officially begun — and it’s a party that’s going to last all year long.

The 2011-12 school year marks a century and a half since the UW opened its doors in downtown Seattle as the Territorial University of Washington. The UW sesquicentennial was kicked off in high style at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The Fairmont Olympic is not only at the site of the original university, it’s also where President John Kennedy stayed when he visited the UW in 1961.

There, UW President Michael Young joined Gov. Christine Gregoire, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and other University and community leaders to cut a beautiful cake. And of course, the Husky Marching Band also made a showstopping appearance. Read the full article in UW Today

Caption: UW President Michael Young and Governor Christine Gregoire cut the cake at the kickoff celebration. (Photo by Ron Wurzer)